Wednesday, July 18, 2012
B12 or Be Forgetful
According to an AARP article, new study links vitamin B12 deficiency to brain shrinkage and memory problems in older adults.
Brain shrinkage? That can’t be good. I need all the brainpower I can get.
Christine C. Tangney, PhD, associate professor in the department of clinical nutrition at Rush University Medical Center, was the lead author of the study. .According to the AARP, the study “…found those who had the markers linked to vitamin B12 deficiency were more likely to have the smallest brains and the lowest scores on tests measuring short-term memory, concentration and other thinking processes.”
Foods rich in B-12 include fish, meat, especially liver, milk, eggs and poultry are usual sources of vitamin B12.
Yes, you read that right: liver and onions. I guess my Mom was right when she made us eat liver and onions as kids.
Here’s a link to the Rush University Medical Center press release: http://www.rush.edu/webapps/MEDREL/servlet/NewsRelease?id=1531
And here’s a synopsis of the research from AARP: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-10-2011/b12-level-affects-brain-size-health-discovery.html
And, as an added bonus, should you be inspired by this mouth-watering picture, here’s a link to Emeril Lagasse recipe for Calf's Liver with Bacon, Caramelized Onions and Sherry (shown above): http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/calfs-liver-with-bacon-caramelized-onions-and-sherry-recipe/index.html
PS – No, I didn’t think about the Beetlejuice movie scene in which his head gets shrunk.